SpaceX Starlink communication satellite features are being tested by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory under the Global Lightning program. SpaceX received a $28 million contract to test over the next three years to test Starlink broadband services with the military. SpaceX has demonstrated data throughput of 610 megabits per second in flight to the cockpit of a U.S. military C-12 twin-engine turboprop aircraft.
the USAF has plans to install Starlink terminals and test connectivity with an AC-130 gunship and a KC-135 tanker aircraft.
AUSA Wrap-up | @SpaceX sees U.S. Army as possible customer for Starlink, Starship • Army eyes megaconstellations to support future battlefield network #AUSA2019 @AUSAorg – https://t.co/g7LYcsVGXj pic.twitter.com/6xpx3vuwr0
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